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AbstractThe claim that in natural resource management (NRM) a change from anthropocentric values and ethics to eco-centric ones is necessary to achieve sustainability leads to the search for eco-centric models of relationship with the environment. Indigenous cultures can provide such models; hence there is the need for multicultural societies to further include their values in NRM. In this article we investigate the environmental values placed on a freshwater environment of the Wet Tropics by a community of Indigenous Australians. We discuss their environmental values as human values, and so as beliefs that guide communities' understanding of how the natural world should be viewed and treated by humans. This perspective represents a step forward in our understanding of indigenous environmental values, and a way to overcome the paradigm of indigenous values as valued biophysical attributes of the environment or processes happening in landscapes. Our results show that the participant community holds biospheric values. Restoring these values in the natural resource management of the Wet Tropics could contribute to sustainability and environmental justice in the area.
Gratani, Monica, Sutton, Stephen G., Butler, James R.A., Bohensky, Erin L., and Foale, Simon (2016) Indigenous environmental values as human values. Cogent Social Sciences, 2. pp. 1-17.